FAQs DOK Leipzig 2019
What to submit?
We accept documentaries, animated films and animated documentaries of all lengths from 2018 and 2019, which have not been screened publicly before 01/10/2018.
Films that have been publicly screened in Germany before the end of DOK Leipzig 2018 (e.g. TV broadcasts, cinema release and/or public streaming/download options etc.) are not eligible.
What to submit (interactive works)?
We accept various kinds of interactive works, e.g. web documentaries, Virtual Reality, digital games, APPs and audiovisual installations. Please outline the experience and structure in a detailed fashion.
Works from 2019 and 2018 may be preferred if there are many submissions.
Is there a regulation on premieres?
For all six competitions a German premiere of the film at DOK Leipzig is required. World and International premieres will be favoured.
For the International Programme, films that already had their German festival premiere before DOK Leipzig can be selected. World, International and German premieres will be favoured.
Films that have been publicly screened in Germany anywhere else before the end of DOK Leipzig 2018 (e.g. TV broadcasts, cinema release and/or public streaming/download options etc.) are not eligible.
Interactive works that will premiere publicly at DOK Leipzig 2019 may be preferred in the selection process.
The film has never been shown anywhere publicly.
The film has been released theatrically or presented in a national festival in its country of origin, but nowhere else.
The film has been shown or theatrically released outside of Europe, but never been presented in a European country.
The film has never been shown in Germany.
The film has been presented/theatrically released internationally including Germany. In this case, it will not be eligible for DOK Leipzig Competitions.
How to submit?
You can find our online entry form in our MYDOK area. Please register with a new account or log in with your existing account.
For each film or episode of a series one submission form has to be filled out. You can fill out as many entry forms as needed.
Is it possible to apply for specific
The selection committee assigns selected films to the programme sections. It is not possible to apply for a specific section during the submission process.
When to submit?
The submission process starts on 03/03/2019.
The first entry deadline is 05/05/2019 for films finished before 01/05/2019. Films submitted until this deadline will receive a binding feedback regarding the selection status by end of June.
The last entry deadline is 07/07/2019. The final decision will be announced by mid-September.
Is there an entry fee?
For each film submission an entry fee of 40€ is charged.
In some cases the entry fee can be waived. You can find more information here.
Unpaid film submissions, which are not exempt from the entry fee, will be rejected.
Interactive works are generally free of submission fee.
How to pay the entry fee?
The entry fee can be paid directly during the submission process via PayPal, Credit Card or SOFORT Überweisung.
The entry fee can also be paid after the submission process via PayPal, Credit Card or SOFORT Überweisung. Please log in into our MYDOK area and click “Pay” next to the film submission you would like to pay.
Additionally bank transfer is also possible. If you have not paid directly during the submission process already, an email with information on the bank transfer will be sent to the submitter’s email address.
For any payment it is very important to use the predetermined reason for payment. This consists of the 5-digit submission ID (see header of your confirmation mail) and the English film title, f.e. “12345, The Example Film”. If your reason of payment is not according to this requirement, the payment cannot be assigned to your film and the film submission will be rejected.
When to pay the entry fee?
Is there a refund policy of the entry fee?
We have a no refund policy for the entry fee.
For any payment it is very important to use the predetermined reason for payment. This consists of the submission ID (see header of your confirmation mail) and the English film title, e.g. “12345, The Example Film”. If your reason of payment is not according to this requirement, the payment cannot be assigned to your film and the film submission will be rejected.
If the transfer of the entry fee does not have the correct reason of payment, the fee cannot be assigned to the film and will not be refunded.
If an entry fee is paid twice or more, the additional payments cannot be refunded.
If a film submission is retracted, the submission fee cannot be refunded.
If a film is not selected for DOK Leipzig, the submission fee cannot be refunded.
How to be exempt from the entry fee?
Films originating from an educational background are exempt from the entry fee. In order to receive an entry fee waiver, please send a proof of your student status (e.g. scan of your student ID, scan of a qualifying certificate, official letter etc.) to the programme department (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please do not submit your film originating from an educational background before getting in touch with the programme department.
Films from selected production countries (not shooting location!) are exempt from the entry fee. Please have a look at the list of countries here. Films with one of these production countries will automatically be exempt from the entry fee during the submission process.
How and when to transfer the preview screener?
For preview purposes DOK Leipzig requires an .mp4 or .mov film file only which has to be uploaded to our FTP server. The submitter will receive an instructional email on the transfer after submitting the online entry form through our MYDOK area and after it has been processed successfully by the programme department. For more information on the encoding and uploading of your preview file please see our Digital Entry Guide here.
What kind of preview screeners are accepted?
Only .mp4 or .mov film files that have been uploaded to our FTP server are accepted for preview purposes. For more information on the encoding and uploading of your preview file please see our Digital Entry Guide here.
We do not accept any other formats, screening or streaming links, download links, DVDs etc.
Trailers and film excerpts are not accepted as preview screeners.
If you are not able to upload the file to our FTP server, please get in touch with the programme department (email@example.com).
Is it possible to submit rough cuts?
Rough cuts can be submitted as preview screeners.
However, the project does need to be complete enough for us to be able to make a decision. Whenever possible, you should provide an on-screen description of missing scenes or elements as placeholders within the continuity of the film and/or inform the programme department via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) which changes will be made until the final version of the film is delivered to the festival. Please contact the programme department with later versions only if significant changes have been made so that the screener can be replaced. Please note that, if you submit a rough cut, we can only guarantee that the first version we receive will be viewed, so please wait until you are comfortable with your cut before sending it to us.
Which language versions for the screener are needed?
Each submitted preview screener has to have an English language version and/or English subtitles. Also films with German and/or French language versions have to have English subtitles.
If a film is selected an English dialogue list including timecodes has to be provided to DOK Leipzig.
If you are not able to provide a version with an English language version and/or English subtitles, please get in touch with the programme department (email@example.com).
How to submit additional materials?
Please do not submit additional materials. If additional materials are needed, the submitter will be contacted by the programme department.
How to receive feedback on the selection status?
All films submitted up until 05/05/2019 will receive a binding feedback regarding the selection status by end of June. This can either be an invitation of the film to the official selection, a rejection or the information that the film has been shortlisted for the final decision round.
The final decision for films submitted until 07/07/2019 will be announced by mid-September.
The final decision for interactive works will be announced by the end of September.
In exceptional cases a binding feedback and decision can be given independently from these dates. This applies for example if another festival is interested in your film or the premiere status given in the submission form could change before DOK Leipzig. Please get in touch with the programme department in these cases (firstname.lastname@example.org).